Pregnancy in all its excitement and beauty can also be very challenging for mothers. It is no secret that your body goes through drastic changes while preparing to bring a child into the world. After birth, your body has gone through so many changes so quickly that it can be hard to feel like yourself again. Stretch marks can be a beautiful reminder of how strong and resilient your body is, but for some, these new marks feel unfamiliar and bring about new insecurities.
What Are the Types of Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are tears in the middle or bottom layers of the skin caused by rapid skin stretching and can develop for different reasons. Striae atrophica are rooted in the breaking down of collagen and elastin, two proteins that add structure to the skin. Striae distensae are linear stretch marks that are associated with puberty.
Pregnancy stretch marks are called striae gravidarum and are extremely common. They appear as pink, purple, or red shallow indentations along the stomach, hips, buttocks, breasts, or thighs before they fade to a paler colour at which point they are considered “mature”.
Is it Possible to Get Rid of Post Pregnancy Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are scars, and like any other scar, they are hard to get rid of. While they tend to fade over time, they won’t disappear completely. Generally, mature stretch marks are more difficult to treat, so it is best to act fast. This is where the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser comes in.
Halo Laser Can Help with Stretch Marks
Utilizing cutting-edge dual wave laser technology, Halo safely and effectively minimizes the appearance of stretch marks virtually anywhere on the body. With minimal downtime and fewer sessions, the Halo Laser combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths that deliver energy to the same microscopic treatment zone.
This targets both the superficial and deep layers of the skin simultaneously, triggering the body’s natural immune response and stimulating the production of new collagen. This influx of collagen actively reduces the appearance of stretch marks in the newly treated area. In just 3 treatments, Halo will leave you with smoother, healthier looking skin for years to come.
Can Mature Stretch Marks be Treated?
Mature stretch marks are better treated with radiofrequency microneedling. Infini combines insulated fractional radio-frequency technology with medical micro-needling to deliver heat deep into the dermis with efficiency and precision.
Its tiny sterilized needles induce skin resurfacing and collagen production to repair the skin and effectively reduce the appearance of mature stretch marks. In 6-8 treatments, you can reclaim your confidence, and celebrate your body for all its strength and resilience.
No, Health Canada has not indicated Halo or Infini treatments as safe while breastfeeding. To find out what treatments are and are not safe, it is best to schedule a consultation with a member of our highly qualified staff where you can raise any of your questions or concerns.
Both Halo and Infini express results within the few weeks following the treatment, however, maximal results are apparent 2-3 months post-treatment.
Results from these treatments are permanent. That being said, the treatment does not prevent new stretch marks from forming.
The Halo Laser is a revolutionary treatment safe for all skin tones with minimal risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation.
Infini also is a great choice for individuals with darker skin tones. The needles are gold-insulated to ensure heat is delivered directly to the dermis, mitigating risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation.
What is the Halo Laser appointment like?
After a consultation with our highly qualified staff, and approval from our doctor, we will work together to determine the best treatment plan for you and your skin. Once a treatment package has been selected, you are ready to come in for your appointment. First, when you come in, you will be asked to fill out a couple of forms.
Next, you will be brought to your treatment room where a numbing cream will be applied and left to work over the next hour. Once the freezing cream is fully active, the treatment will begin. A technician will walk you through the actual treatment and its steps, ensuring you are the most comfortable possible. Thanks to the numbing cream, the treatment is relatively pain-free, with patients describing the sensation as “mild stinging”.
What is the Infini Microneedling RF appointment like?
Once you arrive on your appointment day, and have completed the necessary consent forms, you will be taken to your treatment room where a topical anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area, and left to work over the next hour. Once the numbing cream has been fully activated, your skilled laser technician will walk you through every step of the process, ensuring maximum comfort throughout your treatment. Areas with thinner layers of fat are reported to be more painful than others, however it is generally considered a comfortable procedure.
In summary, post-pregnancy stretch marks can be treated with Halo Laser. If you have mature stretch marks, we recommend Infini Microneedling to help reduce them.
Overall, you will see a reduction of your stretch marks and have:
- Improved skin appearance
- Better looking skin without the need of surgery
- No to little downtime
Reduce Your Stretch Marks
The best way to know if you are a good candidate for HALO Laser or Infini Microneedling, is by scheduling a consultation with one of our highly qualified staff members.
*Consultation Fee: CA$125. Refundable if an appointment is booked. Non-refundable for no shows. If you’re not approved for the treatment, the consultation fee is refundable. To cancel your consultation, you must call 48 hours before your appointment date and time.
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